GEO 1000 Natural Disasters
Governor Bobby Jindal,
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina had a large negative effect on the city of New Orleans and it’s surrounding areas. In this paper I will discuss the initial impact Hurricane Katrina had on the population and demographics of New Orleans, and deeply examine changes and progress from the day of the disaster to present day.
Hurricane Katrina reached land from the gulf of Mexico on August 29th, 2005, just 10 miles east from New Orleans, Louisiana. Hurricane Katrina drastically impacted the population and demographics of New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans was the 31st largest city in the country with a population of 454,863 in 2005. The 2004 American Census reported that 69% of city’s population was black, whites 28%, and Asians 2%. Of this population about 24% were living under the poverty line. New Orleans postKatrina population reduced to only several thousand. The storm left only 36% of homes undestructed yet still 70% of jobs remained intact. Despite regrowth, 8 years later most evacuees have yet to return (Action Plan for New Orleans: The New American City).
NINE YEARS LATER
Nine years after Katrina, New Orleans is a much smaller city. The 2010 Census concluded that the population is 343,829. Although the city has regained a majority of it’s population since the levees failed, it is still shy by over 100,000 residents. Changes in
demographics include 118,526 fewer African Americans , 24,101 fewer whites, 1,019 fewer Asians, but the number of Hispanics grew by 3,225. African Americans still represent 60 percent of the city’s population. Today the poverty rate is the same as it was prekatrina, 27%. New Orlean’s crime rate remains the same as it was in 2000, twice the national rate. Although the recovery of the population of the city is not complete due to the fact that the same population ...
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